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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Is Google set to replace your doctor?

Google announced this week that it is adding a new feature to its service that could see the search engine replacing a trip to the GP for many.
The new health search results feature will display a list of possible illnesses when one or more symptoms of illness are searched for, however a key question is whether or not these suggestion will be accurate or will lead to misdiagnosis. The reliability of the sites used by Google in the suggestions will be a key determinant of its success, as it uses analysis of online content to determine the medical suggestions made. With the number of internet users who search online for answers to their medical queries it would appear that this is an excellent move by Google to save customers the time spent trawling through websites to determine their ailments. Below is an example of what the feature will look like.